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Publisher's Summary

A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the number one ebook best-selling author of The Woman Next Door.

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare....

A strange encounter.

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift.

Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret.

But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare - a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever....

©2017 Caroline Green (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Dark, gripping and totally compelling. A genuine page-turner." (Alex Lake, best-selling author of After Anna)
"I loved it; a dark, disturbing thriller that kept me guessing to the end." (Sam Hepburn, author of Her Perfect Life)
"I was totally sucked into this book and barely put it down till I was finished - Neve is a brilliantly drawn character who you really care about, despite her chaotic life and disastrous decisions. A great read." (Louise Voss)

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Listen with a Light On!

Cottages in woods are, to me, inherently creepy, and being a fan of suspense and mysteries I was eager to get into In a Cottage in a Wood. Right away, I knew I was going to like this book. From the opening scene in a grungy strange motel room, to a pivotal icy midnight encounter between main character Neve and a mysterious stranger on the deserted Waterloo Bridge, the freezing Thames roaring below- I was hooked.

The plot follows Neve's life after she inherits this stranger's isolated, rundown cabin in the remote forests of Cornwall. The reader is taken on an enigmatic, slow-burn journey that is not a thrill ride, but more of a game of Pick-up sticks, where each stick is a secret Neve must unbury before she can come to terms with why she was chosen to be bequeathed with this Cottage. Neve wants to, needs to leave- the doors don't stay locked, the lights don't stay on, the winter chill reaches fingers inside like death- but despite the increasing feeling that someone or something badly wants her gone, Neve must solve this long buried mystery, with little help along the way, from people she isn't sure she can trust anymore.

Well-written, taut with chilly descriptions of the winter woods and stark imagery that feeds the reader's sense of atmosphere, this story grips from page one and doesn't let up. It's steady pace is perfect for the story, and the creep factor is top-tier but also believable, so this reader says, you have been duly warned! The narration is excellent and leant much believability to the the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters. Well-done overall and highly recommended- a good read.


18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Be careful of reviews..watch out for spoilers!

I never evenyy read the blurb for this book so I had no clue as to any direction it may be heading and I’ve been doing that quite often especially with mystery books. I never was a mystery reader but have been tearing through them on jags. A great mystery novel is terrific fun or would this also be a psychological thriller? Whatever the genre IN A COTTAGE IN A WOOD was well done both the story and the excellent narration. Main character voice was spot on for what I would think she sounded like. That always makes the books THAT much better! I won’t give anything away and be careful of what reviews you read because you really don’t want to know ANYTHING of what’s going on. The smallest bit could spoil things.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Different storyline, kept my interest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not exactly "edge of seat" but definitely interested

What about Lisa Coleman and Helen Keeley ’s performance did you like?

Good narrative voices, good differentiation between characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N\a

Any additional comments?

Better than the last several psychological thrillers I've listened to

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wow!

This story was extremely suspenseful and had a whopper turn at the end! Very good book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. She definitely knows how to keep you wide awake and on the edge of your seat!😬

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected

Not what I expected at all. I thought that there would be a huge secret or something good at the end but it was just a let down.

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fun mystery

well read, fun mystery. lovely descriptions make for lasting memory of the story. this book worth the purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So much promise

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The premise was so good but it went nowhere fast. Very disappointed that the story didn't get developed further. For me it fell flat. The first quarter held a lot of promise and then it was just not very interesting. Disappointing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Awsome Listen!

Loved this book,it had me ignoring everyone in the house until the very end!! 5☆☆☆☆☆

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A neat book to read if you are camping in a cabin.

Again, it is a little slow moving but there are some twists eventually. It certainly has some unexpected elements but Cass Green does just kind of hand over the solution of the mystery on a silver platter. I would love to see the characters try to solve mysteries on their own instead of falling into the answer so often.

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Conflicted

If you are a thriller/murder mystery obsessive, like me, this might not be the book for you.
If you enjoy dramatic twist, shocking reveals, feeling genuinely scared, this is definitely not the book for you.
However, if you enjoy in depth character development, feeling confused, and slow moving (but beautifully told) stories, you have found your dream book!
The reason I didn’t give this book 1 star is because, even though it’s not what I would usually ever listen to, it actually kept me listening. The main character is intensely likable, the story itself isn’t bad, and I did really enjoy the performance.
The real downfall was the ending, while not bad, it wasn’t surprising and felt like somewhat of a cop out.

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  • Katherine
  • 10-01-17

On and on... moaning pathetic character!

Such a frustrating book. It went on and on (and on- could have been two hours long) with a constantly annoying pathetic character. The plot was very obvious. I listened to the bitter end hoping, just hoping it would be different.... but it wasn’t. Don’t waste a credit like me- this was like a VERY long take a break story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-08-17

dog walker sussex

excellent narration and not a bad storyline but main character so very unlikeable and foulmouthed.

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  • dc
  • 10-30-17

Good and believable story, great narration

So far, my favourite narrators are Imogen Church and Lisa Coleman and Helen Keeley. Believable, they don't overstretch their abilities, no over the top whining or baby gurgling. Nice and easy accents. This was perfect for the characters in this book.

The story was simple and believable, no rollercoasters and bangs of bumps, simply a steady roll of entertainment all the way through. Very pleasant 8 hours and a few twists and turns. No over embellishing, and no far fetched ideas.

Looking for more like this.

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  • 11-30-17

Average

An original idea for a book and I liked that the characters were not cliched.
However I found the story lacked something, I guessed the so called twists very early on in the book therefore there were no surprises. The narrator sounded like she had a cold and the book limped along to it's conclusion.

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  • 11-25-17

Well read

Great and Lisa Colman and Helen Keeley, will be looking for more books by theses narrator, s you both brought this book to life thank you both best wishes Jeannette 😊 x

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  • Kate
  • 11-21-17

Great book!

This book is fantastic! Excellent storyline and so well narrated that the characters really came to life. The ending was a total surprise - I had no idea of what was coming! Definitely recommend and have just downloaded The Woman Next Door by Cass Green. Hope it's as good as this one!!

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  • S. Strudwick
  • 11-19-17

Brilliant

I loved this. Love this author and narrators. Will hunt out more by them in the future

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-08-17

Loved it. full of twists and turns.

Definitely read. brilliant book from start to finish didnt want it to end full of twists and turns.
only complaint was the book was full of detail except at the end where it had a brilliant end but it seemed rushed. despite this still loved it.

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  • Lianne Gaffney
  • 11-04-17

Brilliant.

I loved this book.
Intriguing yet gentle. The story wasn’t far fetched unlike some others and the narration was pure perfection.
BLOODY LOVED IT

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • 11-01-17

Great narration. Captivating story line.

loved this book.
great fan of Cass Green. Hoping I don't have to wait for too long until her next.